The Jets have very little room for error with a far-from-explosive offense. They went far beyond their wiggle room on Monday night.
The Jets fell to 1-2 with a 27-19 loss to the Bears. They drove inside the 10 with under a minute remaining, but Geno Smith couldn’t find Jeremy Kerley in the back of the end zone on fourth down to set up a two-point conversion to tie the game.
Metro looks at what went wrong in the loss.
1. Wrong team Geno
Smith’s second year in the NFL is beginning to look an awful lot like his rookie season. Smith had a horrible first quarter interception on the game’s opening possession and a batted-down pass on the Jets’ second drive. With the Jets driving again in the third quarter and down 24-13, Smith made the terrible decision to loft a pass in the direction of David Nelson that rookie Kyle Fuller easily picked off. Despite rave reviews this offseason, he is still a work in progress.
2. Back it up
An already-thin Jets secondary was always going to be tested with Dee Milliner out for his second game this season. Bears QB Jay Cutler tested them all game and the Jets were only occasionally up to the test. Antonio Allen was regularly beaten in coverage, despite nice tackling, and there were repeated breakdowns. The Bears scored their final touchdown on a complete misplay by Phillip Adams.
3. Jace can’t keep pace
The Jets needed a big play in the third quarter on third-and-2 when Smith rolled out to his right and sent a pass right to the chest of tight end Jace Amaro. The second-round pick let it bounce off his chest as he attempted to make a body catch. There's already been a lot of talk about his small hands, and these drops are why his hand size matters. He still has talent, but he’s looking like more of a project than ever.
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